Artist: Jaakko Pallasvuo
Exhibition title: Radical Angels
Venue: 1646, The Hague, The Netherlands
Date: September 11 – October 4, 2020
Photography: Jhoeko / images copyright and courtesy of the artist and 1646, The Hague
In Radical Angels, Jaakko Pallasvuo takes on the representation of angels in the history of ecclesiastical imagery. Departing from these divine ministries and angels, they intuitively explore how the footprint of ecclesiastical authority is still pressed onto the image of our hierarchies today. In a time when the balance between authority and expertise is proven to be increasingly unreliable, it is easy to be overcome by a flooding abandonment. Pallasvuo invites us to use playfulness as a means to address this chaos of being a lamb in search of a herd.
This cross-disciplinary project is centered around two collaborations. In a collaboration with artist Viktor Timofeev, Pallasvuo creates a 3D-environment that integrates the living world with Land Art manifestations of different angels. Pallasvuo has also written a libretto for a monologue opera composed by Stephen Webb and Miša Skalskis, sang by Rachel MacIntosh, which serves the function of an angelic choir in the exhibition.